It can change your life from in pain to pain free. Try it. You might like it. Just think about a pain free life and what you would do. It is worth it.
No one pays closer attention to injury statistics than Malpractice Insurance carriers.
Scott Haldeman, MD, DC reviewed malpractice claims records for a 10-year period between 1988 and 1997. In reviewing the outcomes following the application of 134.5 million cervical manipulations (commonly referred to as the chiropractic adjustment), the records indicated that there were 23 reported cases of stroke or vertebral artery dissection (VAD). http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/165/7/905
Of this group, 10 of the patients had the complicating factors of high blood pressure, use of oral contraceptives, or a history of smoking, all of which are associated with vascular disease. The actual incidence of stroke or VAD following cervical manipulation was found to be one per 5.85 million cervical adjustments. That means that the average chiropractor could work for 1430 years (or practice 48 full chiropractic careers!) before they might be involved with this type of litigation.
Other reports, listing a higher frequency of adverse events, have been compromised by the tendency of those authors to inappropriately list the pracitioner as a chiropractor, even when it turned out that the injury was caused by a medical doctor, a physical therapist or a hairdresser! http://www.chiro.org/LINKS/ABSTRACTS/Misuse_of_literature.shtml
When I grew up on the East Coast, I had little or no contact with chiropractors. Back then, most people I knew and most medical centers did not regard them as real medical practitioners. Years later, after I came out to the Mid-West, I found a much wider acceptance of chiropractors. Over the past 40 years of living in Minnesota and Wisconsin, I have known many people who have gone to chiropractors and who firmly believe that they were being helped. Most of the people I have known were suffering from back problems. Here is one comment regarding chiropractors from an obviously very satisfied patient:
“I go to a chiropractor irregularly, usually when my neck is bothering me. He uses heat, ultrasound, and massage therapy to undo the tension in my back and neck, caused by two vertebrae in my back that have been out of alignment since I was…
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If chiropractic care helps patients get better faster and costs the patient and/or insurance company less, shouldn’t EVERY low back pain patient FIRST see a chiropractor before any other type of doctor?
On October 20, 2009, a report was delivered on the impact on population, health and total health care spending. It was found the addition of chiropractic care for the treatment of neck and low back pain “…will likely increase value-for-dollar in US employer-sponsored health benefit plans.” Authored by an MD and an MD/PhD, and commissioned by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, the findings are clear; chiropractic care achieves higher satisfaction and superior outcomes for both neck and low back pain in a manner more cost effective than other commonly utilized approaches.
The study reviews the fact that low back and neck pain are extremely common conditions consuming large amounts of health care dollars. In 2002, 26% of surveyed US adults reported having back pain in the prior 3 months, 14% had neck pain and the lifetime prevalence of back pain was estimated at 85%. LBP accounts for 2% of all physician office visits where only routine examinations, hypertension, and diabetes result in more. Annual national spending is estimated at $85 billion in the US with an inflation-adjusted increase of 65% compared to 1997. Treatment options are diverse ranging from rest to surgery, including many various types of medications. Chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation and mobilization, is reportedly also widely utilized with almost half of all patients with persisting back pain seeking chiropractic treatment.
In review of the scientific literature, it is noted that 1) chiropractic care is at least as effective as other widely used therapies for low back pain; 2) Chiropractic care, when combined with other modalities such as exercise, appears to be more effective than other treatments for patients with neck pain. Other studies reviewed reported patients who had chiropractic coverage included in their insurance benefits found lower costs, reduced imaging studies, less hospitalizations, and surgical procedures compared to those with no chiropractic coverage. They then utilized a method to compare medical physician care, chiropractic physician care, physiotherapy-led exercise and, manipulation plus physiotherapy-led exercise for low back pain care. They found adding chiropractic physician care is associated with better outcomes at “…equivalent to an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of $1837 per QALY (Quality-adjusted Life Year).”
When combined with exercise, chiropractic physician care was also found to be very cost-effective when compared to exercise alone. This combined approach would achieve improved health outcomes at a cost of $152 per patient, equivalent to an “incremental cost-effectiveness ratio of $4591 per QALY.” When comparing the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care with or without exercise even at 5 times the cost of the care they utilized in their analysis, it was still found to be “substantially more cost-effective” compared to the other approaches. It will be interesting given these findings if insurance companies and future treatment guidelines start to MANDATE the use of chiropractic FIRST – it would be in everyone’s best interest!
Our goal is to help people stay active and healthy. In this report, the authors looked at the data provided by the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), a huge database that documents the health records of Medicare patients. The researchers looked specifically at patient reports of function, activity levels, and self-reported health outcomes in patients who visited a chiropractor and compared them to people who did not visit a chiropractor.
The researchers found that the individuals who engaged in some form of chiropractic care had fewer functional limitations, less difficulty engaging in activities such as lifting and walking, and a lower number of doctor’s visits and hospitalizations. They concluded that chiropractic had a “protective effect,” safeguarding them against physical deterioration.
The authors concluded:
“This study provides evidence of a protective effect of chiropractic against 1-year declines in functional and [self-related health] among Medicare beneficiaries with spine conditions, and indications that chiropractic users have higher satisfaction with follow-up care and information provided about what is wrong with them.”
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Have you ever cracked your knuckles? There is a cracking sound that is very familiar to the Chiropractor and their patients. This cracking sound is generated by a cavitation mechanism. What is a cavitation mechanism, you ask. When a joint is opened up, fluid rapidly fills the void with a popping sound. In scientific terms they say that the audible release is caused by cavitation process whereby a sudden decrease in intracapsular pressure causes dissolved gases in the synovial fluid to be released into the joint cavity. Once this occurs the joint space is increased by the volume of fluid introduced into the area. More space, more freedom of movement.
Good news, for those who like cracking your knuckles, this will not cause arthritis. They did a simple research project in which they went to a nursing home and asked the residents two questions.
1.) Who cracks their knuckles?
2.) Who has arthritis in the hands?
It was found that those who crack their knuckles has significant decrease in knuckle joint arthritis than those who did not. The reasons were determined to be that the new fluid introduced into the joints brought nutrients and increase of joint space. Both of these were beneficial to the health of the joint. That is why it is said that regular Chiropractic treatments keep, improve, and restore the joint health.
One of the latest studies came up with another reason for the sound. The elastic recoil of the synovial capsule is what generated the sound. But because the sudden joint distraction during an adjustment occurs quickly it is more likely that the stretch reflexes in the per articular muscles twang like a guitar string.
So whatever the reason is for the sound, it is all good for the joint. Now before you go expecting the sound on ever adjustment, let me tell you that not every joint mobilized will produce the sound. That doesn’t mean the adjustment didn’t have its desired effect. It is like cracking your knuckles, Not every time and every joints makes an audible pop when you crack it. So it is the same with professional adjusting to the joints in the rest of your body.
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue has been poorly understood, poorly diagnosed, and poorly treated because of the lack of understanding. I am going to approach this health issue from a different perspective. Something is inflaming and causing pain throughout the body. Let’s take a serious look at what is going on, breaking it down, step by step.
Let’s look at the lack of energy aspect for a moment. In the science world, the body’s energy is called ATP. This little ATP energy packet is produced in every cell of the body. To be specific it is produced in the mitochondria portion of the cell. The mitochondrial has been called the manufacture plant of the human cells. The assembly plant within this manufacture plant is called the Krebs Cycle. Science research has noted that there is a breakdown in the Krebs Cycle which stops the production of ATP, your energy. At a certain point in the Krebs Cycle, the researchers have found where this breakdown occurs. It is where the malic acid is introduced into the mix to create the ATP energy packet.
Recently, Malic Acid as a nutritional supplement has been used to stimulate the Kreb cycle production of ATP successfully. That is good news for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgic patients. For the chronic fatigue aspect of fibromyalgia patients, this deficiency has been traced back to the incomplete production and activity in the Krebs cycle. The key to the pain aspect is the inability of pyruvic acid to enter into the cycle for energy production and is left in the cells to create that burning sensation. And you wondered why you hurt all over. By shutting down the second half of the Krebs cycle, a buildup of lactic acid occurs. Lactic acid also creates a burning sensation which any athlete can attest to after a work out. It will continue to burn until the body removes it from the cell. With acidification of the tissues comes a localized decrease in oxygenation of the tissues and subsequent symptoms that Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia patients are familiar with.
Malic acid has been reported to also be beneficial in supporting stress, tender points, pain, persistent fatigue, muscular pain, arthritic-like symptoms without any evidence like on x-ray, and healthy people who are recovering from exercise programs. Now to get into more details on how this all works to produce that much needed ATP in the body. Glucose provides fuel for the body. The two ways that the body produces ATP energy.
First and fastest, is a process called glycolysis. This is the breakdown of glucose to pyruvic acid and also lactic acid. Pyruvic acid is normally converted to energy in the presence of oxygen, carbon dioxide and water. Then there is the way through the Krebs cycle, the site of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production. Here are the places where the optimal function can not be achieved.
First the whole process is dependent on the amount of glucose available. Fructose that is manufactured from corn to high fructose that is often found in manufactured products can not be properly metabolized and is sent to the fat cells to be stored. And you wondered why you keep getting fatter and fatter. THe kind of glucose you want comes from regular unprocessed goods, whether they be fruit or vegetables. The body can utilize these quickly and easily into the digestive system, through the blood stream and into the cells where the mitochondria will convert it to the kind of energy the body can use.
Another factor is the amount of oxygen that gets to the muscles and cells. So breathe deeply, filling your lungs with good clean fresh air, and the way to do that is to learn to breathe properly. Most people are shallow breathers without really knowing it. Unless you have been professionally taught how to breathe in singing classes, chances are you are not using all of your lungs to their full potential. Take this little test. Use your stomach muscle to pull air down into the bottom of your lungs, then use those same stomach muscle to push all the stale air out of your lungs. If you would do this exercise even two to three times, minimum, twice a day, do it first thing in the morning and just before going to bed and you will benefit. It is even better if you go outside and take in some fresh air when you do this. Your body will gain even more benefit from the fresh air. Of course, if you train yourself to breath like this normally, the more oxygen into the system the healthier you will be.
Next is the delivery of oxygen to the muscle. Best way to get oxygen to the muscle is to do the proper breathing while you are walking. This greatly increases the chances of getting the rich oxygenated blood to the cells. It is good to have the blood pumping through the body bringing the rich oxygenated blood to the cells, and removing the toxic wastes from the cells.
Then we get into the rate of enzyme function ability of the mitochondria in the cells to process. Because of the junk food that we consume has gotten into the Kreb Cycle and clogged up the site for Malic Acid production, supplementing with Malic Acid aids in completing the ATP production where the production breakdown is.
Back to the first way which I mentioned earlier on the two ways energy is made. Because energy can be produced quickly by the glycolytic pathway, it is usually the first chosen. But with the accumulation of lactic acid in tissues and the depletion of glycogen stores because of poor eating habits it runs poor second in the production of ATP.
Quick summary review, it has been found that Malic Acid acts as a catalyst to the Krebs cycle to produce energy from the burning of pyruvic acid, without the associated buildup of lactic acid. That is good news, because that means you hurt less. No acid in the cells to create that painful burning sensation. In research studies, it has been shown that Malic Acid, when given with magnesium, resulted in a reduction in tender points of 41 percent after four weeks and 76.5 percent after eight weeks. The good news is that in some cases, as little as 48 hours was needed for noticeable improvement. That is why I recommending Malic Acid with Magnesium for Chronic Fatigue and / or Fibromyalgia.
Calluses and corns are areas of thick, hardened, dead skin. Calluses and corns are caused over a period of time by repeated pressure or friction on an area of skin. The pressure causes the skin to die and form a hard, protective surface. A soft corn is formed in the same way, except that when perspiration is trapped where the corn develops, the hard core softens. This generally occurs between toes. Calluses and corns are not caused by a virus and are not contagious.
Pedicures can go a long ways in removing the extra calluses. But unless you address why they are there in the first place, they will come back. Walking on the outer edge of the foot, can be due to a fixation on the lateral aspect of the ankle. Correcting this with an adjustment can go a long ways towards walking correctly and taking the weight bearing load off the wrong part of the knee and low back. Yes, your back pain can be the result of a foot problem.
Come in and let us check out your low back and feet to see if there is a correlation. Calluses and corns on the feet are often caused by pressure from footwear. Tight shoes squeeze the foot. High-heeled shoes squeeze the front part of the foot. Loose shoes may cause your foot to slide and rub against the shoe. Shoes with a thin sole can create more pressure on the ball of the foot when walking than do thicker-soled shoes. Wearing sandals and shoes without socks can lead to increased friction. The foot may rub against a seam or stitch inside the shoe.
Corns generally are found where toes rub together. Corns have an inner core that can be soft or hard. A soft corn is found between toes (usually the fourth and fifth toes). A hard corn is often found over a bony part of a toe (usually the fifth toe). Calluses generally form on the hands or feet, although they may form wherever there is pressure on the skin, such as on the knees or elbows. They form to protect the skin and structures under the skin from pressure, friction and injury. They may appear grayish or yellowish, and are less sensitive to the touch than surrounding skin. They can feel bumpy. Calluses become a problem when the growth is large enough to cause pain. Corns may need cold laser therapy to break up the hardness and soften the corn for a pedicure.
Calluses on the feet generally form on the ball of the foot, the heel, and the underside of the big toe. They often form where the foot and the beginning of the toe meet. Calluses are accommodated by adding well cutouts to your orthotics. These accommodations can be added anywhere in the forefoot and the placement would be specified by the clinician. The orthotic redistributes weight and reduces the friction and pressure that causes calluses.
At our clinic we have a special orthodic tester, which doesn’t give you one orthotic for both feet like Dr. Sholls. Nor is it a placement of both feet into a foam fitter. What we have is a tester on the activity of the foot during the step from heel to toe, each foot tested individually in action. This enables us to get a more accurate measurement of what the foot really does and needs to be working well in all activities. Come in and be tested for a orthotic that would be best for your feet.